Conference Programs

2015 Conference Keynote Speakers

Siddharth Kara

Siddharth Kara Siddharth Kara is the award-winning author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery (2009) and Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia (2012). He is Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and also a Visiting Scientist on Forced Labor at the Harvard School of Public Health. His previous life as a successful investment banker has informed his anti-trafficking work, allowing him to not only describe the heart-wrenching experiences of trafficked persons, but also to analyze the financial vulnerabilities of human trafficking industries. Kara advises the UN, several governments, foundations, and NGOs on human trafficking policy and law. He is currently co-producing a motion picture, Trafficking, based on his first book.

Dr. Kevin B. Bales

Dr. Kevin B. Bales Dr. Bales was a co-founder of Free the Slaves, and is currently the Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull. Dr. Bales has written extensively on modern slavery. He is the author of 8 books, his best known being Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy (1999; revised 2004, revised 2012, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and the most recent being Modern Slavery: The Secret World of 27 Million People, by Kevin Bales, Zoe Trodd, Alex Kent Williamson (2009). Dr. Bales has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2000 Premio Viareggio prize for his services to humanity. His work was named in 2006 as one of "100 world-changing discoveries of the last fifty years" by the Association of British Universities, one of the 2008 "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" by Utne Reader, a 2010 Prime Mover fellowship, and he received an honorary doctorate in 2010 by Loyola University of Chicago for "outstanding service on behalf of human rights and social justice," and the 2011 Grawemeyer Award for Improving World Order. He is a lead author of the Global Slavery Index. His book on the relationship between slavery and environmental destruction will be published in Sept. 2015, while he is the Richard & Ann Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights, at the University of Chicago.